I've made several posts on this subject and the culprit was the hard drive
partioning. Long story made short or you can search thru this ng and find
my posts. If loading drivers at the F6 prompt does not do the trick - and I
doubt it will - since Vista see's the drive.
1. Use a boot disk that has the FDISK program on it that recognizes
partitions >67Gb ( www.bootdisk.com
2. Partition the disk using the boot disk in DOS
3. Boot up system using Vista DVD
4. Format SATA disk using the disk tools on the Vista install screen
5. Perform clean install now and see if it doesn't get thru the first
Don't ask. But my two Samsung disks were evidently partitioned with some
kind of overlay from the factory. They worked fine for storage purposes but
come to find out, I could not install an OS to them WinXP or Vista in any
configuration - alone or with others. Had Asus, NVIDIA and Samsung all
scratching their bald heads on this one.
After the drives were FDISK'd using a Win98/WinXP boot disc - all is well
and both drives are in the system and I have Vista x64 and x86 installed on
It worked for me - it just may work for you,
"Libertybell12" <Libertybell12@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> Why is no one dressing this issue? I have seen many places where this is
> starting to be a hot topic. I did all the required checks and my system
> it was good to go. I can only intall Vista on a IDE Drive but not my SATA
> Drive. IF I install on SATA it fails but if use the IDE with the SATA
> attached it see and accesses the SATA drives just find.
> It seems to be alot of finger pointing going on with no solution that
> all. What does XP have that Vista doesn't? And, Yes I have tried all of
> current recommended procedures to install VISTA with the updated drivers.
> I do not have a GigaByte, or any of the current known failed systems just
> cannot install to SATA.